Margritte was an exceptional surrealist and gained much popularity. He completely captured the idea of surrealism. He stripped ordinary objects of their normalized function as all Surrealist artists do. The aim is to expose psychological truth and as a result they create abstract images in order to evoke empathy from the viewer. It is a highly individualized concept of an art movement. None looks like the other. The movement did however focus on the unexpected.
In the second image portrayed, This Is Not A Pipe, represented that art was not reality but simply a representation of it. This piece was valued as a philosophically proactive. Though the painting quite plainly depicts a pipe, the contradicting words written beneath the pipe evokes thought. This confused viewers and some spend much time looking hard into the pipe to find some other object it could be depicting. This embodies the point of the surrealist movement, to evoke thought. He stripped signs and symbols from their original meaning to the viewer.
In the last image, The Son of Man, is actually a self-portrait of Margritte. One can’t tell this of course because the apple is covering the face. Margritte said this regarding his painting, “Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.” So he is hiding his face because he wants the viewer to be evoked and interested to what it could look like or even who it is. When I first viewed this painting, I figured by the name of the painting that it was depicting Adam and how we are clouded by our sins( being the apple he ate from the forbidden tree).
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